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Central Mountain baseball honors seniors with virtual senior day

With no home game late in the season to honor its seniors in baseball due to the coronavirus pandemic canceling all spring athletics, Central Mountain decided to honor its seniors in baseball with a virtual senior day. It was organized by Central Mountain baseball coach Mike Kramer.

The 9-minute long video tribute was uploaded to YouTube by Central Mountain athletic director George Bidwell.

Kramer thanked his 10 seniors: Brody Miller, Connor Tate, Colton Wagner, Caleb Shade, Derek Hughes, Evan Baker, Rocco Stark, Trey Gentzel, Zane Probst and manager Gwen Marquardt

“Over the years these individuals have been in our program, they have strived for excellence on and off the field. We have a mindset that we win each and every day, focusing on the process, never looking back and not worrying about the future,” Kramer said in the virtual senior day tribute. “A lot of things may come our way that we can’t control, but as long as we do our best at this moment, good things will happen.

“I am truly blessed to have coached these individuals and have a part in their lives and I’m extremely honored and proud of what they have accomplished. I look forward to their success in the future because they’re going to continue on with the Wildcat mindset.

“I wish you the very best, you will be extremely missed. Win the day.”

All 10 of Central Mountain’s seniors gave a brief video statement where they thanked their families, friends and coaches at Central Mountain throughout their careers. They also all noted where they would be attending college after graduation.

“Id like to thank everyone who was in my corner supporting me throughout this journey, but I’d also like to thank everyone who didn’t believe in me, who pushed me, to prove them wrong,” Marquardt said.

“I’d like to say thank you to my parents for supporting me since tee-ball in baseball, along with any other sports I played in,” Baker said.

“I also want to thank all my teachers, coaches and my family for making me the best student and athlete as possible,” Hughes said.

Marquardt, Wagner, Hughes and Shade will all be attending Lock Haven University. Hughes also will try out for the Bald Eagles’ baseball team.

Baker will attend the Kentucky Welding Institute. Miller will attend Pennsylvania College of Technology. Stark will play baseball at Chestnut Hill College. Probst will play Division I baseball at Seton Hall University.

Gentzel will play soccer in college but did not specify where he would be attending in the video. Tate is also going to attend college, but did not specify either.

“I’d like to thank Coach Kramer and the staff for giving me the opportunity for playing at Central Mountain. I’d like to thank my team for not only being my teammates, but for also being my friends,” Tate said.

“I’d like to thank coach Kramer and coach (Jim) Renninger for always pushing me to be a better athlete, and I want to thank all my teammates for always being there for me,” Stark said, also taking time to thank his teachers.

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